Ongoing & Upcoming Exhibitions

From ancient artifacts to contemporary artworks, Harvard's museums and galleries house astonishing collections that illuminate a wide range of disciplines. They are open free of charge to all university affiliates, and several with an admission fee to the public. The following list may not be comprehensive; please check the museums' and galleries' websites for more information.

2016 May 21

Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

May 21, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free and open to the public
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Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout world during the nineteenth century.

2016 Oct 01

Nasca Ceramics Ancient Art from Peru’s South Coast exhibit opens

Oct 01, 9:00am to Sep 04, 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free with Harvard ID; admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. General admission includes all exhibits. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Adorned with vibrant hues and intricate designs, ceramic vessels made by the Nasca people are a strikingly beautiful testament to a culture that flourished along Peru’s arid southern coast 2,000 years ago. Although these people are perhaps most famous for the “Nazca Lines”–massive animal-shaped earthworks visible from above–a new Peabody Museum small-scale exhibit will examine this culture through its unique pottery style.

2016 Nov 04

Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning

Nov 04, 10:00am to Apr 09, 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: see website
Museum HoursOpen daily 10am–5pm
ExhibitionNovember 4, 2016–April 9, 2017
Opening Celebration: November 2, 2016 at 6 PM features panel discussion with artist Doris Salcedo, author and Harvard professor Elaine Scarry, and curator Mary Schneider Enriquez. Open galleries 5–9 PM, and reception. more info>

A new exhibition featuring recent works by Salcedo, an internationally acclaimed artist whose sculpture and installations transform familiar, everyday objects into moving and powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance. Curated by Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

2017 Jan 10

Exhibition: HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library, and Houghton75

Tue - Sat, Jan 10 to Apr 22, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton library, Edison and Newman Room

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs: January 10 - April 22, 2017
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
Reception & Podcast Launch: Februrary 13, 5:30-7:30pm. RSVP to houghtonlibrary_events@harvard.edu

Harvard faculty celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary with a masterclass on its outstanding collections. 

Houghton75 is a new podcast series that presents different voices and perspectives on Houghton Library in its seventy-fifth year. Learn more>

2017 Jan 17

Collecting at Houghton Now

Tue - Thu, Jan 17 to Mar 30, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Amy Lowell Gallery, Houghton Library

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs: January 17 - March 30, 2017
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM

2017 Jan 21

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium

Sat - Sun, Jan 21 to May 7, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: See website for admission infomation.
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
Exhibition runs: January 21–May 7, 2017
Related eventsGallery Talk: Drawing: Medium, Discourse, Object, Feb. 1, 12:30-1 PM; Drawing: Medium, Discourse, Object, Feb. 8, 6-7:30 PM
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This exhibition traces the emergence of the modern understanding of drawing in multiple senses: as an autonomous form of expression; an index of the artist’s personal style; an object of aesthetic contemplation; an epistemological tool; and a commodity.

2017 Mar 06

Houghton and the Presidents

Mon - Mon, Mar 6 to Jul 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Keats Room

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs: March 6 - July 3, 2017
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
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2017 Mar 10

Scale: A Matter of Perspective

Fri - Sun, Mar 10 to Dec 10, 3:15pm - 3:15pm

Location: 

The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center, Room 371, 1 Oxford Street

Alice in WonderlandPresented by: The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Admission: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM
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Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows. People spend hours making models that shrink or enlarge everyday objects and surroundings. They invent technologies to explore tiny realms or search vast stretches of the cosmos beyond sight.

2017 Mar 31

Tour of Houghton Library

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri May 26 2017 .
2:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Tours are free and open to all. Reservations for individuals are not required, but advance notice of smaller groups is appreciated. Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
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2017 Apr 01

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides

Repeats every week on Sunday, Saturday until Sun Apr 30 2017 .
2:20pm to 2:45pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Presented byPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Tours: Fridays, 12:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
Admission: Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations for groups of six or more. 

Offered all during fall and spring semesters, the tours visit museum highlights on the first and third floors, encouraging conversation and interest in visitor reflections. Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. 

2017 Apr 02

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides

2:20pm to 2:45pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Presented byPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Tours: Fridays, 12:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
Admission: Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations for groups of six or more. 

Offered all during fall and spring semesters, the tours visit museum highlights on the first and third floors, encouraging conversation and interest in visitor reflections. Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. 

2017 Apr 07

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides-Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Repeats every 2 weeks every Friday until Fri May 05 2017 except Fri Dec 09 2016, Fri Dec 16 2016, Fri Dec 23 2016, Fri Dec 30 2016, Fri Jan 06 2017, Fri Jan 13 2017, Fri Jan 20 2017.
12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Presented byPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Tours: Fridays, 12:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
Admission: Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations for groups of six or more. 

Offered all during fall and spring semesters, the tours visit museum highlights on the first and third floors, encouraging conversation and interest in visitor reflections. Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. 

2017 Apr 07

Tour of Houghton Library

2:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Tours are free and open to all. Reservations for individuals are not required, but advance notice of smaller groups is appreciated. Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
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2017 Apr 08

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides

2:20pm to 2:45pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Presented byPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Tours: Fridays, 12:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
Admission: Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations for groups of six or more. 

Offered all during fall and spring semesters, the tours visit museum highlights on the first and third floors, encouraging conversation and interest in visitor reflections. Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older. Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. 

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